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Producer: Tierra AnticaGrape Varieties: Syrah 100%Optimum Drinking: Within 6 yearsWine Style: Subtle slightly spicy redAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: CorkCountry: Chile
Cool climate and intense Syrah with spicy and peppery aromas surrounding a core of fresh raspberries and wild berries complemented by savoury notes of smoked meat and black olives.
Undurraga is one of Chile’s most prestigious wineries, consistently receiving high scores from top wine critics around the world. Founded in 1885, Undurraga owns 1,350 hectares of estate vineyard in Chile’s premium wine producing areas such as Leyda, Cauquenes and Itata. Head winemaker Rafael Urrejola has spent a great deal of time understanding the diversity of Chile’s vineyard sites; the result is the emblematic ‘Terroir Hunter’ range. Undurraga cultivates their vineyards with respect for the environment and follow a philosophy of minimal intervention in the cellar in order to showcase the terroir.
2017 was one of the coolest vintages in recent years in the Valle de Leyda. Rain forecast in April led to the harvest being brought forward. Despite cool temperatures in December and January, ripening was gradual an even. The wines are characterised by a fresher style.
Located to the west of the coastal mountain range, the Leyda Valley has gently rolling hills, exposing the vines to varying levels of sunlight and drainage profiles. The soils are developed from granite rock on the coastal batholith formed 200 million years ago in the Jurassic period. For this wine, the grapes were selected from a small plot of Syrah grown in finely textured soils. The top layer is shallow loamy clay with poor fertility, followed by a sedimentary ‘crack’ clay profile. The subsoil is decomposed granite rock with a diverse mineral structure. The plot is densely planted with 10,000 vines per hectare of French Clones 174 and 470 on a northfacing slope exposed to the sun. The yield was two kilograms per plant, which favours the concentration necessary to achieve a wine with great richness.
The grapes were hand-picked on April 25th and rigorously selected to ensure that only healthy, ripe berries were vinified. After crushing, the grapes were cold macerated at 6°C, under anaerobic conditions for six days in a stainless steel tank. Fermentation took place with natural yeasts at 27 to 28°C for 20 days with three daily pump-overs. 15% was whole bunch fermented, i.e. with its stalks, to achieve greater aromatic complexity and structure. The wine remained in contact with the lees and skins for 14 days in order to further enhance its structure. It was aged in 500 litre French oak foudres for 12 months, where it underwent malolactic fermentation.
Cool climate Syrah with spicy, peppery aromas and notes of fresh wild herbs and subtle tar surround a core of fresh raspberries and wild berries. Mineral on the palate, with a tense tannin structure and a vibrant acidity that gives freshness and identity to the wine. Perfect with lamb.
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